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I was asked again by Rosebud Magazine in California to draw Jack Nicholson, because they are doing an interview with him, and he's on the cover. They said he will most likely view my art work!! :D:D

VIEW the FULL ARTICLE HERE: [link]

I've created a Google Doc with all the scans of the steps I took, so I don't have to SPAM everyone with all the WIP updates. The only problem is, you can't see the fine details very well, because they are pasted images, not attachments.
GO HERE: [link]

To see a HIGH RES SCAN so you can see the scratch marks and details - go here: [link]

SIZE: 7 x 8 INCHES
TIME: about 10-12 hours?
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B

PLEASE NOTE: The ENLARGED view is slightly larger than the actual drawing. See the high res scan link above for CLOSE UP details :D:D Speaking of which...the details in his eyes drove me nuts! I prolly spent over 4 hours total on the eyes!

PS - note I drew the entire head? I ALWAYS crop the scalp at least a little. It is so you get the most face in the space allowed. However, Rosebud Mag insisted that I drew the whole thing, and that they are also going to do some type of "watercolor effect" to the drawing? I will post that when I see it.
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Finally found a good photo of this guy and just had to draw it! :D:D

5.25 x 5.75 inches
Bristol smooth

The UN-ENLARGED view is larger than the drawing :D
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The UN-enlarged view is actually larger than the drawing, like most of my drawings, ha!

FIRST...cool story about MJ! When my son was about 14, my parents sent him to a Michael Jordan Basketball camp at Elmhurst college, near us. Anyway, Michael ran the camp all week. I got to meet him many times, shake hands and even talk with him a minute! I hate to use this analogy, but it was like meeting God! Now this was back in 1998 and he was still playing with the Chicago Bulls. He is arguably the GREATEST BB player (maybe athlete?) to ever run the hardwood floors! Kobe who? If you ever witnessed this guy in action, you would swear it was supernatural! He has 6 (two - three-peat) championship rings! I was never a BB fan UNTIL the day MJ came out of retirement (the first time) and my son and I never missed a game, and saw them go on to win 3 more championships in a row.

This was kinda tough, because the darker the pencils used, the softer and waxier they are, and it doesn't blend that easy because they add more clay to the graphite.

I used B for most of the black background, followed by a layer of 2B & 3B. See the technique used in my TIP GUIDE here www.drpencil.wordpress.com

To view the REFERENCE photo, and step-by-step scans, go here [link]

SIZE: 5 x 5.75 INCHES
TIME: 7 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth
PENCILS: Staedtler B, 2B 3B

:D:D
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Kinda of a quick one for me. I had trouble with the eyes. They seemed too small and the quality of the photo was not good, so I had to make up details. I made his beard a little thicker than it was.
:D:D

Only 4.5 x 6 inches
About 4 hours?
Bristol Smooth

Enlarged view at 600 pixels wide to show details, but is larger than actual drawing
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Even the UN-ENLARGED view is LARGER than the drawing.

She was really funny in Legally Blonde!

View a close up of details HERE [link]

View STEP BY STEP scans WITH Explanation and Tutorial, as well as reference and MORE - HERE: [link]

SIZE: 5-1/2 wide by 5-3/4 tall (small)
TIME: about 5 hours (because it's so small)
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B
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***This view is about the same size as the drawing***

This is the drawing I did my tutorials on. If you haven't had a chance, check out the videos when you can at [link]

SIZE: 5-3/4 x 6-1/2 INCHES
TIME: about 8 hours
PAPER: Bristol SMOOTH 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, kneaded eraser, sticky tack, Q-Tip, Make-up cotton pad, Color Shaper

Reference photo vs. Drawing
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FIRST: Listen for my son's song (@AndrewBelle) "The Ladder" on TV show "Vampire Diaries" this Thursday (9/16) 7pm Central time on the CW station!!

To view the Reference photo and the STEP SCANS go here: [link]
I also made numerous comments and explainations there too :D:D

I purposely did NOT make the background PITCH black, b/c I wanted his black coat to show a little? So I used an HB and rubbed hard, sideways, then went over it with a blending stump, then a cotton round (used for make-up, etc)

Donít forget to see my ever growing DRAWING TIP GUIDE [link]

See a CLOSE UP HERE: [link]

I swore I would never draw this guy! (HA)
1) Mainly because I have always viewed him as a teenage girlís idol?
2) He is also WAY over-drawn by people?!?

But, after all, it's the PHOTO that always inspires me to draw, NOT the person. When you find both, it's heaven! The reference photo has a great range of contrast, and fantastic tonal values! It was also high res, so I can see all the details. For me, I canít draw details I canít see.

The DRAWING is only 5 x 7 INCHES, so the face is even smaller. I enlarged the scans so you can see the details. One of the main reasons I draw so small, is because it saves time! How do you think I draw so many portraits?!?
Read my Journal entry on SIZING your drawings here:

SIZE: 5x7 inches
TIME: 6 hours +/-
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B
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My fav Kevin Spacey movie is probably "Pay it Forward".

Yeah I know, the shirt sucks. It was out of focus in the photo and I did not feel like spending any more time on this one. The day I can give 100% all the way through a drawing is the day I will produce my best work :D:D

This 400 pixel wide view (enlarged) is the EXACT size of the original drawing.
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NOTE: The UN-enlarged view is the ACTUAL SIZE

I've been wanting to draw Vince for over a year, but never found a photo that made me say, wow! This was kind of a simple one for me, in that there is not a lot of details, so most of the time was spent drawing his eyes, and trying to match the tonal values, which I felt had a nice range.

It had some blurry areas, so the focal point is his eyes.

When I look for a reference photo, I look for the following:
1) High Resolution
2) Wide Range of Tonal Values
3) High Contrast
4) Expression
5) Subject
6) Level of Details
7) Degree of Difficulty

The original photo had a completely white background, so I thought there would be more contrast if I darkened it just above his shoulders? That way there was dark next to his white shirt, but I faded it as I went up, so that it left a nice contrast between his dark hair and a white background? I actually tested this background by drawing on the reference photo, which I always print on Matt Presentation paper, so it reacts well to graphite.

TIME: about 4 or 5 hours (half as much time as usual)
SIZE: 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B

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